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The Patriots have all the right tools to advance.
The Patriots are nearly unbeatable at home during the postseason. Tom Brady is probably the greatest quarterback to ever play the position. And Bill Belichick is probably the greatest coach in the NFL history. But the Patriots vs. Chargers matchup on Sunday isn’t an easy one to pick. Yes, New England has been the league’s standard-bearer for the past two decades, and yes, the Patriots have won 11 of their last 12 postseason games at home. But Los Angeles has a real chance to beat New England, and even if you’ve gotten rid of your cable, it’s still worth the effort to watch this game on a live stream.
How to watch Chargers vs. Patriots online
- Location: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts
- Date: Jan 11, 1:05pm ET
- Streaming: CBS
Chargers vs. Patriots live stream
- Cost: $4.99 per month
- Devices: Roku, Apple TV, Android and Android TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, select smart TVs
CBS All Access is a standalone streaming service that lets you watch the channel live and opens up its massive back-catalog for on-demand viewing. You can also add CBS All Access as an Amazon Prime channel, which comes with a free seven-day trial. No matter what device you subscribe on, you’ll also get access to all of your favorite CBS shows (The Big Bang Theory, S.W.A.T.) and CBS All Access exclusives like Star Trek: Discovery.
- Cost: $44.99 for your first month and $54.99 per month thereafter (after a 7-day free trial)
- Devices:Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
- Local channels: ABC, Fox, NBC, CBS (check local availability here)
- ESPN: No
- NFL Network: Yes
- NFL RedZone: Yes (FuboTV + Sports Plus)
FuboTV specifically caters to sports fans, as you’ll note by the abundance of sports channels in its basic lineup, which includes regional sports networks, Big Ten Network, BeIn Sports, and FS1 and FS2. It’s the best streaming service for international soccer and, with a standard package that includes access to all four major broadcast channels and NFL Network. It’s a solid choice for streaming NFL playoff games, too. You’ll also get free three-day replay for games and 30 hours of cloud DVR storage. (Here’s the complete FuboTV channels list.)
- Cost: $40 per month (after a seven-day free trial)
- Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices
- Local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)
- Local channels: Yes (check your local availability here)
- ESPN: Yes
- NFL Network: No
- NFL RedZone: No
Hulu with Live TV has all of the essentials when it comes to streaming the Patriots vs. Chargers. Even better, its 50-plus channel lineup includes six ESPN channels, seven if you include SEC Network. (Here’s the complete list of Hulu Live TV channels.) While you won’t be able to add NFL RedZone or NFL Network, Hulu has one thing none of its competitors can match: a massive library of on-demand entertainment you can watch anytime. Here are guides to the best movies, documentaries, anime, and Hulu original series to watch to get you started.
- Cost: $44.99-$79.99 per month (after a seven-day free trial)
- Devices: PlayStation 3 and 4, Roku, Amazon Fire, Google Chromecast, Kodi, iOS and Android devices
- Local channels: NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
- ESPN: Yes (PlayStation Vue Access and above)
- NFL Network: Yes (PlayStation Vue Core and above)
- NFL RedZone: Yes (PlayStation Vue Sports Pack)
PlayStation Vue offers a comparable channel list as Hulu with Live TV and YouTube TV at a slightly higher price point. One thing that sets it apart: You can stream on up to five devices at once, and you can upgrade your account to include nearly 80 channels. (Here are all of PlayStation Vue channels.)
5) YouTube TV
- Cost: $49.99 per month (after a seven-day free trial)
- Devices: Google Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, iOS and Android devices
- Local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
- ESPN: Yes
- NFL Network: No
- NFL RedZone: No
YouTube TV offers a simple and compelling package for sports fans. In addition to all of the local channels, you’ll get ESPN, a couple of college sports networks, and specialty channels like NBA TV and MLB Network. While it’s light on extras like NFL RedZone, YouTube TV is great if you have roommates you’re looking to split the cost with. Each subscription supports up to six accounts per household, and each comes with unlimited cloud DVR. (You can find the full list of YouTube TV channels here.)
Chargers vs. Patriots: Why it matters
The Chargers are one of the best teams in the AFC with a little bit of bad luck on the side. They had the same record as the AFC West division-winning Chiefs, and since Kansas City had the tiebreaker over Los Angeles, the Chargers’ road to the Super Bowl requires them to travel across the country multiple times. They beat the Ravens in Baltimore last week—and are, in fact, 4-0 in 1pm ET East Coast games this year—but the Chargers will have to survive another long flight this weekend to face New England. It won’t be easy, but Los Angeles is well-rounded enough with a good quarterback in Philip Rivers to give the Chargers a real chance to win and advance to the AFC title game.
New to cord-cutting? Here are our picks for the best movie streaming sites of 2018 and free live TV apps and channels. If you’re looking for a specific channel, here’s how to watch HBO, Showtime, Starz, Sundance TV, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, AMC, FX, Fox News, Freeform, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, FS1, TBS, TNT, Tennis Channel, Golf Channel, Syfy, HGTV, Cartoon Network/Adult Swim, Bravo, Lifetime, Discovery, PBS, the CW, BBC, CSPAN, NBA TV, MTV, Comedy Central, Food Network, TLC, HLN, A&E, Animal Planet, National Geographic, the Weather Channel, the History Channel, and NFL RedZone without cable, as well as free movies on YouTube. If you’re on the move, here’s how to watch Fox Sports Go and live stream NBC Sports.
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Josh Katzowitz is a staff writer at the Daily Dot specializing in YouTube and boxing. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. A longtime sports writer, he's covered the NFL for CBSSports.com and boxing for Forbes. His work has been noted twice in the Best American Sports Writing book series.